Wine of the DAY:

Italian White:  Palazzone 'Vignarco' Orvieto Classico  $15  .. it's lean, dry, fresh and  floral perfect for the dawn of spring and a  salad of arugula, feta, pickled beets.. our Call Me Ishmael w/Focaccia or Linguine w/Shrimp.

“Unquestionably the number one small estate of Orvieto” – Stephen Tanzer

“Hard to find a serious Orvieto like this.” – Wine Spectator

 Palazzone Winery, pictured right,   takes care to practices all-organic Farming,  yielding a 'clean'  wine.

Grape Varietals: Mostly Procanico and Grechetto (80%) with a small part of Drupeggio, Verdello and Malvasia. Stainless steel fermentation under temperature control

Where in Italy?  UMBRIA! .. a little North of Rome

RED WINE OF THE DAY:

Rudy Zinfandel 2015 by Von Strasser Winery, North Coast, California  $24

($6 less  @ jbs than winery website!)

Not Political Rudy (forget all you know about him)   This is Rudy Von Strasser-- owner of Von Strasser Winery in Calistoga, CA, Diamond Mountain District,  named Winemaker of the Year by Wine & Sprits Magazine 14 times 

QUESTION:  What if you are an acclaimed winemaker with notoriety for making Napa  Cabernets but you have extraordinary connections in the wine commmunity and the opportunity arises to purchase a great vineyard block or a spectacular lot of wine that falls off the radar of the other wineries?  ANSWER:  Then you recognize it as an unparalleled value for yo

Thus is the story of the 2015 Rudy Zinfandel, North Coast.   

It's Good!  

Here's what to Expect:  Exuberant, with vanilla and toasty oak framing ripe, plush currant, cherry and dried berry flavors that offer wonderful complexity and depth of flavor, with a great punch of fruit, oak and tannin.